Personal stories inspire fundraising for local hospital

Over £2,000 has been raised by Courtney Thorne for the Bournemouth Hospital Charity to help the charity fund a new specialist MRI scanner. Touching personal stories reveal why Courtney Thorne chose to fundraise for this charity.

Lorrae, the sales and contracts coordinator at Courtney Thorne, had a few operations and care last year at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She said: “In January I had two operations on my hand and wrist, and in April I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you can imagine it was a very worrying time for me and my family; however all the nursing staff and the pre-admissions staff where just wonderful.”

Lorrae added: “While I was waiting to see my oncologist, I sat next to a lady waiting for her daughter, who had a test done on her brain. Unfortunately, she had to wait two hours, which she found tiring, as the hospital did not have enough scanners. When it was the time for Courtney Thorne to choose a Charity of the Year, I thus suggested Bournemouth Hospital Charity. It does such amazing work, and a new scanner would help lots of people to get seen sooner. I also wanted to thank RBH staff for being so caring to me and all their patients.”

Encouraged by Lorrae, colleagues at Courtney Thorne joined together to raise £1,000 to help the charity to fund a new Extremity (arm and leg) MRI scanner.

Accounts administrator, Helen, chose to have all her hair cut off as a way to raise funds for the charity. She explained: “Having close family and friends who have recently had treatment using an MRI machine meant it was a cause close to my heart. My hair was long and it was a scary experience, but for a very worthy cause. I also donated my ponytail to the Princess Trust to help make wigs for children sadly suffering from cancer.”

Ben, another fundraiser, who sacrificed his beard for the cause, said: “Contributing towards the RBH MRI scanner was a no-brainer for me, as over the last few years some of my family members and I have had to have various MRI scans, and have witnessed first-hand the hard work and commitment that the staff show on a daily basis. I felt it only right to try and give something back.” Combined staff efforts helped to smash the team target and more fundraising activities are planned in spring.

Graham Vickrage, Courtney Thorne’s MD, said: “Being the UK’s leading wireless nurse call systems provider, we work closely with NHS hospitals and experience first-hand the impact they have on patients’ lives. Courtney Thorne chose to support Bournemouth Hospital in raising money for a new specialist extremity MRI scanner. I am delighted that we have been able to double the amount our team has fundraised for such a worthy cause.”

Andrea Piedot, corporate fundraising officer at the Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “A very big thanks to everyone at Courtney Thorne for their amazing efforts raising over £2,000.”


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